Celebrate Pride Month

pride monthPride month coincides with the anniversary of the famous Stonewall Riots that occurred in 1969 in New York City. The riots marked the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. The events at Stonewall inspired a social awakening for many in the LGBTQ community, and had a profound effect on the nation’s perception of people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.

One year later, the first Pride marches took place in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to commemorate this brave stand against injustice.

Now, Pride events are held annually across the nation and in cities large and small. Pride festivals and parades celebrate the progress made by the LGBTQ community, but are also opportunities to acknowledge the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality.

President Obama addressed LGBT in his Presidential Proclamation Pride Month saying “There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts — that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character,” . “During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.”

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